Another view over the Roman Agora of Athens, to the north-west. Across the ancient site stands the Fethiye Mosque, a building with a long and interesting history. In the distance, through the gap between the cypress and the pine tree, we see the hill of Lycabettus with the chapel of St George at its top.
The broken pillars in the foreground as well as the old mosque, remind me of local elders sitting at the sides of streets watching yet another group of people passing by:)
Some information of the Fethiye Mosque from Wikipedia:
The Fethiye Mosque is located on the northern side of the ancient Roman Agora in Athens, near the Tower of the Winds, and was built on the ruins of a Christian basilica from the middle Byzantine period (8th/9th centuries). The Christian church was converted into a mosque in 1456/58, soon after the Ottoman conquest of the Duchy of Athens, to coincide with the visit to the city by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1458.
[....] During the brief occupation of the city by the Venetian forces in the Morean War (October 1687 – May 1688), the mosque was converted by the Venetians into a Catholic church, dedicated to Dionysius the Areopagite.
In 1824 the disused mosque was used as a school [...]
From 1834, after Greek independence, and until the early 20th century, it was used successively as a barracks, a military prison and finally as a military bakery, at which point additions were made to the building to house the bakery's kilns. From the early 20th century it is used mostly as a storage place for various finds from the excavations in the Agora and the Acropolis of Athens.
Except for the removal of recent additions and the restoration to its original shape in 1935, the mosque has never undergone a complete restoration, and by 2010 had developed serious structural problems. In autumn 2010, the Greek Ministry of Culture ordered the emptying of the building from the various antiquities stored there, and the beginning of the process to restore it and open it to the public. The decision was sanctioned by Greece's Central Archaeological Council in 2013, paving the way for its restoration and its opening to the public as a space for cultural events.
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dip (23890) 2014-07-02 2:30
Γεια σου Ουρανία,
πολύ ωραία η σκηνή που κατέγραψες με το φως του ήλιου να δίνει όμορφα έντονα χρώματα,
καλό σημείο λήψης με όλα τα στοιχεία όμορφα κατανεμημένα μέσα στο κάδρο,
jhm (158892) 2014-07-02 3:27
You took these picture wonderful out of the height with an excellent view on the foundation of the Roman Agora of Athens.
We see across the Mosque with the lovely constructions of the dome.
A nice perspective with depth and super wide image.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (87135) 2014-07-02 6:25
Voila ce qui attire autant de touristes en Grèce ou en Italie. La belle conservation des ruines que l'on trouve un peu partout. Ici, la lumière est superbe et fait bien ressortir les détails.
serp2000 (45536) 2014-07-02 6:26
I think I know this place, this photo brings me back to Athens. This is very good presentation of the Roman Agora. Ohh, this temple has got so dramatic history, thanks for this informative note.
Nicou (149738) 2014-07-02 6:31
quelle vue sur cette mosqueée superbe compo et vue avec le beau palmier à ces coôtés et ce site archéologique.
Bravo et amitié
ikeharel (77197) 2014-07-02 7:16
A fine choice of POV from high level over the ancient ruins, Ourania, placed the far side mountain and its edifice right between the trees. Good depth added.
An immaculate clarity over the Mosque and Roman ruins within modern town houses.
holmertz (58250) 2014-07-02 7:27
Another good combination of old and very old, now with a very pleasant inclusion of some visitors. I like the diagonal emphasis and the nice shade in the foreground where you were standing. The warm light falling on the mosque is beautiful and I love the clarity and fine texture of its walls. I also like how you placed yourself to give us a good view of the distant hill between the trees.
seres76 (1078) 2014-07-02 9:53
The ancient city has always intrigued me. Thank you for the beautiful exposure ...
abmdsudi (57176) 2014-07-02 11:46
This historical image has enough elements to be of interest with immaculate detail throughout where the main attractions are appropriately placed in the compo while foreground complements and covers good scale and visual interest. Lovely shot, beautiful colour and spot-on details. Well done, tfs
mesutilgim (97162) 2014-07-02 13:36
Hello dear Ourania,
Just amazing ! Both photographycally and informative perfect TE entry.
Nice to see this Ottoman architecture surrounded by the remainings of ancient Greek architecture.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (54088) 2014-07-02 15:45
stili diversi che si rincorrono negli anni, nel passaggio della storia, dove uomini hanno costruito, altri hanno distrutti, altri cercano di mantenere.
Bella composizione, ottima anche la presenza delle persone, tra le ombre lunghe di questo fine di anno.
pajaran (65056) 2014-07-02 23:39
Interesantan tekst o mestu i staroj dzamiji sa istorijom i opisom ..
Dobar snimak, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana stara arhitektura i dzamija.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa posetiocima, lepe boje.
Lepa stara arhitektura i dzamija.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place and the old mosque with a history and description ..
Good picture, contrast and perspective, beautiful old architecture and demonstrated the mosque.
Good work, nice captured moment with the visitors, beautiful colors.
Beautiful old architecture and mosques.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
Cricri (124814) 2014-07-03 9:29
Un site historique qui attire les touristes, bon format, la vue sur la mosquée, j'aime votre POV en hauteur, et oui aussi une très belle lumière
passer une très agréable soirée
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-03 23:02
A beautiful presentation of this charming view! The winter light which is quite cold in the tonality level created here a very special visual effect to get the scene really unique. Like it! Well done.
emka (105488) 2014-07-03 23:57
Wonderful composition, antique columns and a mosque but without minaret. Superb picture. Nice inclusion just a few visitors.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Silvio1953 (151589) 2014-07-07 6:07
Ciao Ourania, moto bello anche il taglio verticale, bel connubio tra il foro romano e la piccola moschea, splendida nitidezza, brava, ciao Silvio
fritzi007 (12106) 2015-11-21 14:41
This is very good presentation of the Roman Agora,
very well photographed and commented, congratulations!